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THE

WORKS

OF

Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

A NEW EDITION,

IN TWELVE VOLUME S.

W I TH

AN ESSAY ON HIS LIFE AND GENIUS,

By ARTHUR MURPHY, Esq.

VOLUME THE FOURTH.

LONDON:
Printed for T. Longman, B. White and Son, B. Law, J. Dodsley, H. Baldwia,

J. Robson, J. Johnson, C. Dilly, T. Vernor, G. G. J. and J. Robinson,
T. Cadell, J. Nichols, R. Baldwin, N. Conant, P. Elmsly, F. and c.
Rivington, T. Payne, w. Goldsmith, R. Faulder, Leigh and Sotheby,
G. Nicol, J. Murray, A. Strahan, W. Lowndes, T. Evans, W. Bent,
S. Hayes, G. and T. Wilkie, T. and J. Egerton, W. Fox, P. M'Queen,
Ogilvie and Speare, Darton and Harvey, G. and C. Kearsley, W. Millarg

B. C. Collins, and E. Newbery.

M DCC XCII.

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CONTENTS:

OF THE

FOURTH VOLUM E.

THE R A M B L E R.

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NUMB. i Difficulty of the first address. Practice of the epick poets. .

Convenience of periodical performances 2 The necessity and danger of looking into futurity. Wri

ters naturally fanguine. Their hopes liable to disap

pointment 3 An allegory on criticism

- 14 4. The modern form of romances preferable to the ancient.

The necessity of characters morally good - 20 5 A meditation on the Spring 6 Happiness not local 7 Retirement natural to a great mind. Its religious use , 8 The thoughts to be brought under regulation ; as they i respect the past, present, and future

- 46 9 The fondness of every man for his profession. The gradual improvement of manufactures

- 53 10 Four billets with their answers. Remarks on masque

rades: 11 The folly of anger. The misery of a peevith old age 12 The history of a young woman that came to London for a service .

, 73 13 The duty of secrecy. The invalidity of all excuses for betraying secrets .

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14. The difference between an author's writings and his
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88 15 The folly of cards. A Letter from a lady that has loft her money

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95 16 The dangers and miseries of literary eminence . 103 17 The frequent contemplation of death necessary to mo

derate the passions 18 The unhappiness of marriage caused by irregular mos tives of choice

- 116 19 The danger of ranging from one ftudy to another. The

importance of the early choice of a profession - 123 20 The folly and inconvenience of affectation

- 131 21 The anxieties of literature not less than those of publick

ftations. The inequality of authors writings - 137 22 An allegory of wit and learning I-" 7 - 144 23. The contrariety of criticism. The vanity of objection.

. An author obliged to depend upon his own judgment" i5o 24 The neceility of attending to the duties of common life. :

The natural character not to be forsaken :') 156 25 Rashness preferable to cowardice. Enterprize not to s be repressed

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. . . 162 26 The mischief of extravagance, and misery of dependance 168 27 An author's treatment from fix patrons 28 The various arts of self-delufion

181 29 The folly of anticipating misfortunes

188 30 The observance of Sunday recommended ; an allegory 194 31 The defence of a known mistake highly culpable - 199 32 The vanity of stoicism. The necesity of patience 33 An allegorical history of rest and labour : : . . 213 34 The uneasiness and disgust of female cowardice .i 219 35 A marriage of prudence without affection 36 The reafons why pastorals delight .. 37 The true principles of paftoral poetry i 38 The advantages of mediocrity. An Eastern fable i 39 The unhappiness of women whether single or married 40 The difficulty of giving advice without offending 41 The advantages of memory

263 42 The misery of a modish lady in folitudę " - 270 43 The inconveniencies of precipitation and confidence.. i 276

44 Religion

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44 Religion and superstition, a vision

• 282 45 The causes of disagreement in marriage : 46 The mischiefs of rural faction

295 47 The proper means of regulating forrow

301 48 The miseries of an infirm constitution

307 49 A disquisition upon the value of fame

313 50 A virtuous old age always reverenced 51 The employments of a housewife in the country

325 52 The contemplation of the calamities of others, a remedy for grief

- 332 53 The folly and misery of a spendthrift

- 338 54 A death-bed the true school of wisdom. The effects of death upon the survivors

- 344 55 The gay widow's impatience of the growth of her daugh.

ter. The history of miss May-pole56 The neceffity of complaisance. - The Rambler's igrief for offending his correspondents ,

357 57 Sententious rules of frugality : .

364 58 The defire of wealth moderated by. philofophy

370 59 An account of Suspirius the human screech-owl. 60 The dignity and usefulness of biography 61 A Londoner's visit to the country

387 62 A young lady's impatience to fee London

394 63 Inconftancy not always a weakness

400 64 The requisites to true friendship 65 Obidah and the hermit, an Eastern story 66 Passion not to be eradicated. The views of women ill

:11 . directed

• 418 67 The garden of hope, a dream 68 Every man chiefly happy or miserable at home. The opinion of servants not to be despised

- 429 69 The miseries and prejudice of old age 70 Different men virtuous in different degrees. The vi. cious not always abandoned

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